For some children they may need behavioural support due to the emotional, social and physical challenges they experience.
Every moment or decision a child makes is a behaviour, some behaviours are appropriate and serve well for their needs and some are inappropriate and deemed as a problem behaviour.
Problem behaviours that some children present can be due to the difficulty they have communicating their needs, their impaired social skills and low level of functioning.
For example, if a child demonstrates aggressions, tantrums and destructive behaviours, it may be because the child does not understand the appropriate way of communicating that they want to escape from something.
Many problem behaviours are displayed because they serve a function for the child:
• To gain something e.g. food, desired object, attention.
• To escape something e.g. a difficult task, undesired food, stressful situation.